San Francisco Bay Area death metal group, and recent Unique Leader signees, Continuum, release their debut full-length, The Hypothesis, today
The brain child of lead guitarist/composer Chase Fraser (Decrepit Birth, Animosity), the band was formed in 2009 and features the current working lineup of Fraser alongside guitarist Ivan Munguia (Arkaik, Deeds Of Flesh), vocalist Riley McShane (Son Of Aurelius), bassist Nick Willbrand (Flesh Consumed) and drummer Spencer Edwards (Son Of Aurelius). Together the group provides a sound that rocks the very foundation of modern death metal.
Recorded mainly by Fraser with additional tracking and mixing by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) a tCastle Ultimate Studios, The Hypothesis delivers a scathing math rock driven melee of engaging and abrasive compositions. Apparently the album is steeped conceptually in the mysteries of the infinite and the early but no-less-relevant and unsolved theories of the “continuum hypothesis.” This hypothesis was studied by a number of mathematicians including Georg Cantor in 1878, all of whom committed suicide before reaching a conclusion to the unfathomable question of infinity. This theme is brought to life by the lyrics of Mcshane, the artwork of Raymond Swanland (Deeds of Flesh, Psycroptic, Suffocation), and the mathematical compositions of Fraser.
A primer in progressive technical death metal, insane polyrhythmic drumming, manic riffing, scabrous dual vocalising and other-worldly lead guitar runs this is one for lovers of the genre. Highly recommended!
1. Hypothesis: A Profound Discovery
2. The Epiphany
3. Hypothesis: Evolution
4. Absolute Zero
5. The Awakened Creator
6. Wasps In The History Of The Weak
8. Where the Worlds Were left
9. A Surreal Descent
10. The Steppes To Ascension (featured on Sonic Attack Podcast 100)